The Thankful Project Wraps Up

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

 
We made it! I'm very fortunate in that I have off tomorrow as a paid holiday and that I had to ability to take Friday off out of my paid time off bank. Whoo! I am super excited to have four days at home with my family and friends, and although lots of my free time will be taken up with school work, I do have some fun plans in the works. 

If you haven't heard, tonight is the first night of Hanukkah,
This is the first time since 1888 that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have coincided. Apparently, some people who are way smarter than I am figured out that this is pretty rare, and that the next time this will happen is probably in about 75,000 years. Pretty crazy! I'm hoping everything works out tomorrow with the food. I'm nervous about the latkes, but I think I'll be okay. I'll try to remember to take pictures of the event, haha. 

Friday, I'm actually contemplating going to the AT&T store when it opens, mainly because they're having a great sale on phones and I would really love to upgrade to a Samsung Galaxy S4 for less than $200. Also, the AT&T store opens at 8, which is pretty sane. If it's too nuts over there, I'll turn around the go home, but... we'll see. Friday afternoon, I'm having lunch with a friend and hanging out with Levi, and then the rest of the day/evening will be spent writing my paper for immunology. Saturday, my mom's having a bunch of her cousins and their kids over for "Thanksgiving" and I'm responsible for the mashed potatoes, sweet potato souffle, and apple pie. I'll be spending the morning cooking and baking, while intermittently writing the rest of my immunology paper, and then Saturday night will be spent eating entirely too much food at my mom's. Then Sunday, my friend Colleen is coming over and we're going to watch Downton Abbey and drink tea and generally be bums on the sofa. Minus the whole "writing a 10-15 page paper" thing, I'm pretty excited. 

And now... on to the thankful!

Day 26: A criticism you've received
Ah, another difficult one to write. No one likes criticism (there's your "thanks, Captain Obvious" for the day). It's not fun to be told that you're not doing something correctly or that you're not very good at something. Or alternately, that you are something that isn't very good. This is the case for me. I have been told that I am a rather intolerant person. It's true. I'm very impatient and I do not, shall we say, suffer fools gladly. However, once it was brought to my attention, I realized that yeah... it's true. But it's not all bad. Now, when I feel like I want to punch someone in the face, I can take a step back and try to not be so quick to judge people. It's definitely helps keep my stress down, and it's nice to be nicer to people, for sure.

Day 27: A simple pleasure  
This one's easy for me. Falling asleep when I want to, waking up when I want to without an alarm, laying in bed, reading a book, and snuggling with my cats/Ken. Even better if I can take a nap without having left bed in the first place. In fact, I think that might happen this weekend...

Day 28: Free day!
Look, I'm early! I figured I'd write this tonight instead of tomorrow, because honestly, I know I won't have time to do it tomorrow before the cooking/baking/family extravaganza begins. So. We finally made it.  I am super thankful that I have the next four days off. I will get to see my family and my friends, and I'll also  have some time to myself to rest. I'm thankful for the fact that tomorrow, I have nothing to do but cook, bake, and do some research... all of which can occur in my pajamas. I'm thankful that yesterday, I got to snuggle with my friend's 10 week old baby while she and I caught up on each others' lives. And I'm thankful that right now, I am going to eat an ice cream bar, take some meds, and go to bed with my Kindle!

Thanks for following along on my haphazard journey through gratitude, and I hope that you've all been able to reflect on the things that you're thankful for this season, and always. Have a wonderful holiday and I'll see you on the other side!

- A


1 comment:

  1. This was a fun series to read, lady - props to you for being able to keep up with it. Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgiving :)

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